Hosta 'Gold Standard'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Standard
Hybridized by Banyai
Registered or introduced: 1976
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Plant Size (check one):

Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Dark Green

Greenish-yellow (Chartreuse)

Golden Yellow

Creamy White

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

1/8" - 1/4"

1/4" - 1/2"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

No it does not set seed

Bloom Color:

Near White

Pale Lavender

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Montgomery, Alabama

Paradise, California

Oxford, Connecticut

Bonifay, Florida

Cordele, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Batavia, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Woodridge, Illinois

Newburgh, Indiana

Wichita, Kansas

Tompkinsville, Kentucky

Sumner, Maine

Lexington, Massachusetts

Lunenburg, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts

Howell, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

South Lyon, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

New Ulm, Minnesota

Young America, Minnesota

Lothair, Montana

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Croton On Hudson, New York

Greenlawn, New York

Ithaca, New York

Schenectady, New York

Southold, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Cincinnati, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

West Alexandria, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Garland, Texas

Arlington, Virginia

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Elma, Washington

Kirkland, Washington

Lea Hill, Washington

Mercer Island, Washington

Newport, Washington

Puyallup, Washington

Tacoma, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Buffalo, West Virginia

Great Cacapon, West Virginia

Birchwood, Wisconsin

Bowler, Wisconsin

Brillion, Wisconsin

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Lake Delton, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2 reports)

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Owen, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 19, 2014, anelson from Birchwood, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:

This is indeed a plant which performs best when sited correctly. In cooler climates like mine in Northern Wisconsin, it really shines when given morning sun - the contrast between the center and border of the leaf is stunning! But, I can imagine that, in warm climates, afternoon sun would scorch it.


On Jun 5, 2009, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

My garden is situated in Petersburg, South Central Virginia, Zone 7. Because I've seen most hostas mainly in small pots for sale (I need to tour more shade gardens), I was surprised at the size that they attain after several years. I know that the information about their size is printed out on labels, but their lushness in the leaf is still a wonder. After all, not everything in my garden thrives or even survives. Gold Standard is a refreshing addition to my shade bed. A hosta breeder told me that there is a saying about hostas: "The first year they sleep, the second they creep, the third year they leap." Yep, Gold Standard is leaping, all right. Just lovely.


On Aug 22, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Burns easily. Blooms in July in my garden.


On Apr 24, 2008, Spookycharles from Langley, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

An absolutely gorgeous and vigorous hosta when properly sited.

I initially planted this variety with some of my other hostas in a location on the north side of the house that received some midday direct sun but which was overall fairly shady. In that location the leaves of the Gold Standard bleached and browned.

When I moved the plant back into a location that received only indirect sun it soon began growing new leaves. It has continued to grow very well in that lighting condition while retaining the variety's beautiful vibrant yellow coloring.


On Jan 1, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I purchased a 'gold standard' and planted it back in 2000 in my lower garden. For several years it did so-so in the area I had it in where it received partial sun but was planted in moist heavy clay and wasn't particularly happy. The foliage faded to a sickly goldish color in the sun.

I moved it to it's present location in spring of 2003 - rich loam and dappled sunlight part of the day - and it has gone crazy ever since. It's size has increased dramatically and coloration is outstanding. It brightens up the whole shade garden (see the photo). I didn't realize how beautiful this old cultivar is until I moved it to the shade! Now the centers stay a much richer light green with the darker margins and it will occasionally throw an odd varigation.


On Apr 26, 2004, Cheryl_IL from (Zone 5b) wrote:

Gold Standard is one of my favorites for the way its leaves change color. It can have multiple shaded leaves at the same time. Sometimes it gets quite a bit of sun where I have it.


On Mar 4, 2003, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower scapes to 42". Banyai 1976.


On Aug 30, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Size: (M) 24" x 15" - Leaves are small, oval to heart-shaped, green with a creamy-yellow margin. Prefers full shade to moderate sun. Flowers are purple. Grows very fast.


On May 18, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

The leaf color changes over the growing season and is effected by the amount of sun it gets. It has a rapid growth to a medium-large mound at maturity.